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How to use Google's art app to find your face in famous artworks

How to use Google's art app to find your face in famous artworks

By Elyse Betters

Everyone is using a new feature in one of Google's little-known apps.Over the past weekend, if you were on Twitter or Facebook at all, you might've noticed friends sharing comparisons of their selfies to famous pieces of art. That's because Google's Arts... Read more

What is Google Assistant, how does it work, and which devices offer it?

What is Google Assistant, how does it work, and which devices offer it?

By Elyse Betters

Google has taken on Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, and Microsoft Cortana with its own voice assistant: Google Assistant.Google first unveiled Assistant at Google I/O in May 2016, launched it on the Google Pixel and Pixel XL phones, brought it to Google Home... Read more

Pokemon Go will soon stop working on your older iPhone

Pokemon Go will soon stop working on your older iPhone

By Rik Henderson

Pokemon Go has been a worldwide sensation that's for sure. And, even though the craze is dying down a tad, there are plenty of hardcore fans still catching 'em all on the streets of most major metropolitan cities.Unfortunately though, if they have been... Read more

Top 5 PDF editors for Mac in 2018

Top 5 PDF editors for Mac in 2018

By Pocket-lint Promotion

PDF documents are ones that are viewed in the same way no matter what device you're using. They don't rely on application software that may not come preinstalled on your device, so can be viewed by anyone. They're a great way to save on printing and paper... Read more

Google takes aim at Apple Pay with its all-encompassing Google Pay service

Google takes aim at Apple Pay with its all-encompassing Google Pay service

By Cam Bunton

Google has announced today that it's reorganizing all of its web and mobile based payments systems and bringing them into one, simple and far-reaching product: Google Pay. Like Apple Pay this isn't going to just include contactless NFC-based mobile payments,... Read more

How to install a VPN on an Amazon Fire TV Stick or Fire TV

How to install a VPN on an Amazon Fire TV Stick or Fire TV

By Steve Dye

Amazon's Fire TV Stick and 4K Fire TV streaming devices each allow you to convert any TV into a smart one. You just plug one into a spare USB or HDMI port and connect it to the internet. This opens up a multitude of new video services, including Amazon... Read more

43 accidentally hilarious image searches that are sure to make you chortle

43 accidentally hilarious image searches that are sure to make you chortle

By Adrian Willings

If you've ever needed to find a photo on the web, then you know how wonderful and powerful Google Image search can be. A quick search and you can basically find anything from anywhere in the world. Google's image analysis algorithms are getting smarter... Read more

What is Spotify and how does it work?

What is Spotify and how does it work?

By Adrian Willings

Spotify is a digital music streaming service that gives you access to millions of songs, podcasts and videos from artists all over the world.Spotify is immediately appealing because you can access content for free by simply signing up using an email address... Read more

Best budgeting apps: 6 apps to take control of your finances

Best budgeting apps: 6 apps to take control of your finances

By Britta O'Boyle

Keeping track of finances can be a tricky thing to do, especially if you have more than one account or any kind of credit or store card. Money comes in, money goes out and there is the classic saying, the more you earn the more you spend.It doesn't matter... Read more

Best dieting apps: 8 apps to help you lose weight

Best dieting apps: 8 apps to help you lose weight

By Britta O'Boyle

January is here which means you'll probably have started drawing up a long list of New Year's resolutions that you have every determination of sticking to. There might be a certain place or activity on there, mixed in with a few other things like... Read more

New year: Seven tech resolutions to put on your list for 2018

New year: Seven tech resolutions to put on your list for 2018

By Britta O'Boyle

The clock has struck and another year has begun. You have probably made all sorts of resolutions - quit smoking, drink less, go out more, spend less, etc.While some of those are more manageable than others, we have rounded up seven tech resolutions that... Read more

New Year Playlist: Tips for making the ultimate streaming playlist using Spotify, Apple Music, and more

New Year Playlist: Tips for making the ultimate streaming playlist using Spotify, Apple Music, and more

By Elyse Betters

It's that time of year when rocking around the Christmas tree at the Christmas party has ended and we prepare for another bash to bring in the New Year.You may already be getting a little sick of the constant Christmas repeats. And is it cool to keep... Read more

Google Assistant tips and tricks: Master your Android assistant

Google Assistant tips and tricks: Master your Android assistant

By Elyse Betters

Google Assistant challenges Apple's Siri, Microsoft's Cortana and Amazon's Alexa. You can ask Assistant almost anything, and it will understand your words in context and serve up relevant results in a conversational manner.Assistant has a voice, meaning... Read more

Amazon Alexa app: How to master your Echo or Alexa device experience

Amazon Alexa app: How to master your Echo or Alexa device experience

By Elyse Betters

It looks like a lot of people received new Alexa devices this Christmas, as evident by the Amazon Alexa app, which topped app charts this week.It earned the No. 1 spot on the Apple App Store's Top Free chart for the first time and remained there throughout... Read more

Best of Instagram 2017: The most liked posts and followed celebrities and pets of Instagram

Best of Instagram 2017: The most liked posts and followed celebrities and pets of Instagram

By Adrian Willings

Instagram, the ever-popular photo-sharing service has recently reached a new milestone with a community of 800 million users from around the globe sharing photos on a daily basis. Users engage with the site on a daily basis, following, liking, uploading... Read more

52 of the best tech life hacks

52 of the best tech life hacks

By Elyse Betters

You may not know this... but there are several websites and technology-related tips and tricks out there that can totally simplify your daily routine and make your life much easier in general.For instance, Apple's charging cords for iOS devices and Macs... Read more

Android for beginners: Tips and tricks for your new smartphone

Android for beginners: Tips and tricks for your new smartphone

By Chris Hall

If you're holding your shiny new Android smartphone and wondering how to get the most from it, then you've come to the right place.Whether this is your first smartphone, you've just hopped over from an iPhone, or you've had a number of Android handsets,... Read more

65 ways to get a giggle out of Siri

65 ways to get a giggle out of Siri

By Britta O'Boyle

If you have an iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch, you've probably met Siri, Apple's voice assistant. He is an interesting little fellow, sometimes useful, sometimes funny and other times, a sarcastic little so and so.To most questions you'll get a standard... Read more

Amazon Music Unlimited or Spotify: Which is best for you?

Amazon Music Unlimited or Spotify: Which is best for you?

By Max Langridge

Amazon Music Unlimited is now a year old Music Unlimited and while it wasn't the first time Amazon has offered a music streaming service - there's Prime Music - it's a much more substantial offering, with an estimated 16 million active users.Spotify... Read more

WhatsApp will drop support for these phones on New Year's Eve

WhatsApp will drop support for these phones on New Year's Eve

By Elyse Betters

WhatsApp has announced it will abruptly stop supporting many older smartphones in the New Year.The decision mirrors WhatsApp's announcement from last year, when it said it planned to drop support for many mobile platforms. Jump forward to now, and the... Read more

How to get rid of unwanted Christmas presents

How to get rid of unwanted Christmas presents

By Max Langridge

Christmas Day has been and gone in the blink of an eye. You've unwrapped your presents, spent far too much time with the in-laws and (probably) drunk too much. It's only once the food or drink hangover has cleared that you realise some of the gifts you... Read more

Norad Tracks Santa vs Google Santa Tracker: Which tracks Father Christmas best?

Norad Tracks Santa vs Google Santa Tracker: Which tracks Father Christmas best?

By Elyse Betters

Christmas Eve is this weekend, and that means the big man is almost here to deliver presents. There are two really good options for the young and old to keep abreast of the movements of Father Christmas online.One is from NORAD and Microsoft combined,... Read more

Best Christmas 2017 apps: Elf Yourself, Santa Video Call, and more

Best Christmas 2017 apps: Elf Yourself, Santa Video Call, and more

By Elyse Betters

There's an app for almost anything these days, including Christmas.You can download an app that turns you and family into a bunch of goofy-looking virtual elves, and then you can use that same app to share with the world a festive video clip of you all... Read more

Win an iPhone X with PureVPN

Win an iPhone X with PureVPN

By Pocket-lint Promotion

PureVPN is giving you a chance to win an iPhone X and other Apple goodies in a mega prize giveaway worth $17,000.The The World's Fastest VPN Service is giving away a total of 13 iPhone X smartphones and nine Apple Watches between the 21 December and the... Read more

Google Play Christmas deals give you movie rentals for 99p, 80% off games and much more

Google Play Christmas deals give you movie rentals for 99p, 80% off games and much more

By Rik Henderson

Google has started its annual sales across the Google Play store. There are thousands of amazing deals, including any movie rental for just 99p (or 99 cents in the US), £3 off any book priced over £3, an extended trial period for Google Music of 4-months... Read more

Is Amazon working on its own version of YouTube to spite Google?

Is Amazon working on its own version of YouTube to spite Google?

By Elyse Betters

AmazonTube. Doesn't really roll off the tongue.Well, get used to it, because Amazon has applied for an “AmazonTube” trademark, according to a USPTO filing spotted by TV Answer Man. Keep in mind Amazon's application follows Google’s abrupt decision... Read more

The best science images of the year: Astounding photos from the Royal Photographic Society

The best science images of the year: Astounding photos from the Royal Photographic Society

By Adrian Willings

Each year the Royal Photographic Society runs a competition to select the best international images for science. The winner is selected from an astounding range of images submitted by students, amateur photographers, professionals and smartphone users... Read more

What is Kodi and why should cord cutters try it?

What is Kodi and why should cord cutters try it?

By Elyse Betters

If you've ditched traditional cable and are looking to set up your on home media center, look no further than Kodi.The service has been around since 2002, when it was known as XBMC. You can use it to access streaming media content, like videos and music,... Read more

Amazon bins its music upload storage service

Amazon bins its music upload storage service

By Rik Henderson

For a fair few years, Amazon has offered free and paid music storage options - where you can upload up to 250,000 of your own mp3 tracks to its cloud and listen to through Amazon Music.This includes tracks bought on other music services, including iTunes.However,... Read more

KeepSolid VPN Unlimited: A closer look at getting started with a VPN

KeepSolid VPN Unlimited: A closer look at getting started with a VPN

By Pocket-lint Promotion

Online privacy is becoming more important to people as incidences of leaked data, cyber crime, identity theft, and general snooping into our internet activity increasingly grabs headlines.Unfortunately it's no easy task to manually keep yourself out of... Read more

Apple might merge iOS and MacOS apps starting next year

Apple might merge iOS and MacOS apps starting next year

By Elyse Betters

Apple must like Microsoft's "universal apps" approach, because it's apparently doing the same thing.The company might finally begin to merge iOS and MacOS apps sometime next year by allowing developers create a single app that will run across both operating... Read more

Pokemon Go now uses ARKit to offer souped-up AR features on iOS

Pokemon Go now uses ARKit to offer souped-up AR features on iOS

By Elyse Betters

Pokemon Go now leverages Apple’s ARKit.ARKit lets iOS developers tap into the iPhone and iPad's hardware and software in order to create games that let you place virtual objects in the real world. (You can read more about it from here.) Now, Niantic... Read more

Best DNA testing kits: From ancestry to genetics, these are the ones to buy

Best DNA testing kits: From ancestry to genetics, these are the ones to buy

By Elyse Betters

Most everyone wants to know where they come from or whether their susceptible to diseases linked to their family's health history. Unfortunately, not everyone has access to this sort of information, usually because their ancestry isn't well documented.... Read more

How to set up a VPN on your desktop

How to set up a VPN on your desktop

By Steve Dye

If you are looking to set up a virtual private network (VPN) on your PC or laptop computer and don't quite know how, you've come to the right place. Here, we take a look at the steps required to do just that. Win an iPhone X with PureVPN Whichever VPN... Read more

Awesome Amazon reviews that are bound to amuse

Awesome Amazon reviews that are bound to amuse

By Adrian Willings

Isn't Amazon great? From humble beginnings, the e-retailer has gone from strength to strength and now you can pretty much buy anything and have it delivered to your door in a matter of hours (sometimes same day if you really can't wait). With so many... Read more

RingCentral vs Grasshopper vs Vonage: What's the difference?

RingCentral vs Grasshopper vs Vonage: What's the difference?

By Pocket-lint Promotion

RingCentral isn't the only cloud-based phone system available for small businesses.There's also Grasshopper and Vonage, for instance. But how do they compare or differ? Is one better than the other? Which is more feature-rich? Is one more affordable the... Read more

Deezer Songcatcher takes on Apple's Shazam, helps you find songs in-app

Deezer Songcatcher takes on Apple's Shazam, helps you find songs in-app

By Rik Henderson

It seems that app-based song recognition is a hot topic at the moment. Not only has Apple's acquisition of Shazam rocked the market of late, Deezer has announced its own intelligent track gathering service.In some ways, it sounds like a tidier solution... Read more

Don't want to unfollow a friend? Facebook now lets you 'snooze' them

Don't want to unfollow a friend? Facebook now lets you 'snooze' them

By Elyse Betters

We've all had to unfollow a friend on Facebook.You like them, sort of, but they're a little annoying with the a) political posts b) baby photos c) ALL CAPS statuses, or some combination of the three. Anyway, in order to avoid seeing their stuff, you can... Read more

Indoor Maps for Apple Maps: What are they and how can you use them?

Indoor Maps for Apple Maps: What are they and how can you use them?

By David Phelan

In the last couple of days, Apple has added indoor maps for airports and shopping malls in the UK. We've been give exclusive backstage access at London's Heathrow Airport to find out what it can mean for your air travel.It's a timely release, too: 15... Read more

Are VPN services legal?

Are VPN services legal?

By Steve Dye

A VPN, or Virtual Private Network, allows you to surf the web and browse anonymously by hiding your IP address (your digital ID) and data traffic to external snoopers.Many people use a VPN to trick some streaming services into believing they are in a... Read more

The Amazing Mind-Bending Art of Instagram Legend Mimi Choi

The Amazing Mind-Bending Art of Instagram Legend Mimi Choi

By Max Langridge

With so many different make up products out there, their potential can go a lot further than just a bit of foundation and mascara for a night out. Vancouver, Canada based make up artist Mimi Choi is someone who is all too aware of the looks make up can... Read more

Tweetstorms are now official: How to thread your tweets together

Tweetstorms are now official: How to thread your tweets together

By Elyse Betters

Twitter has launched a new feature: the ability to thread tweets.To understand this feature, you have to go back to 2014, when Twitter began letting users link replies to originating tweets. It essentially allowed them to quickly post a barrage of tweets,... Read more

How to use a VPN to protect yourself online

How to use a VPN to protect yourself online

By Steve Dye

Virtual Private Networks, or VPNs, have been around for over 20 years. Traditionally, they have been used for secure connections into corporate networks, either to access file systems or work e-mail.However, given the rise of internet use since their... Read more

Hurry! Amazon Christmas US deals: Echo Show is $80 off right now

Hurry! Amazon Christmas US deals: Echo Show is $80 off right now

By Elyse Betters

Amazon has slashed prices on many of its own devices, including the Echo Show, just in time for Christmas.The Echo Show, which is basically an Echo speaker with a touchscreen display, now costs $149.99 on Amazon (US), down from its usual $229.99 price.... Read more

Tips and Tricks on how to browse safely using a VPN

Tips and Tricks on how to browse safely using a VPN

By Pocket-lint Promotion

If you want to stay safe online, you may want to consider using a Virtual Private Network (VPN). These services can provide a secure connection across the internet by routing your web browsing through a company server.A good VPN will make it harder for... Read more

Apple buys music recognition app Shazam for $400 million

Apple buys music recognition app Shazam for $400 million

By Max Langridge

Apple has acquired Shazam, one of the most popular apps for recognising music, TV shows, films and adverts, in a deal allegedly worth $400 million (around £300 million). Apple Music vs Spotify: What's the difference? Apple has made an official statement... Read more

Apple's TV app explained: How does it work and where is it available?

Apple's TV app explained: How does it work and where is it available?

By Elyse Betters

Apple's TV app is the replacement for its decade old Video app and can be used on the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. The TV app, originally available in the US, now now available in the UK and essentially adds universal search to Apple TV and iOS devices... Read more

YouTube to launch a music streaming service in March...again

YouTube to launch a music streaming service in March...again

By Max Langridge

YouTube, one of the companies owned by Alphabet Inc. (also the owner of Google) is said to be launching a new music streaming service in March, according to sources speaking to Bloomberg. What is YouTube Red is now live: What is it and is it worth paying... Read more

Pocket-lint moves to https

Pocket-lint moves to https

By Stuart Miles

If you're a regular reader of Pocket-lint you might notice something different to your browsing today when on our site.We've been working hard behind the scenes for a number of months to not only make the site easier to use, but also make it more secure... Read more